Author(s): Guy De La Bédoyère
Founded by Augustus around 27 BC, the elite Praetorian Guard was tasked with the protection of the emperor and his family. But as the centuries unfolded, praetorian soldiers became more than protectors - they grew into political players with the power to make or break an emperor. Fiercely loyal to some rulers, they view with and ruthlessly toppled others, including Caligula, Nero and Pertinax. Book jacket.